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GAME PREVIEW: Miami returns home to play Harden, Rockets

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Houston has won five straight, but the Heat are hoping to continue their success against West teams.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat (13-16) are returning home from a six-game road trip out West that saw them go 4-2. The first game back? Against Chris Paul, James Harden and the Houston Rockets (16-14). Miami is getting Houston on the backside of a back-to-back, one in which the Rockets set a NBA-record with 26 three-pointers made last night.

Game Info

When: Thursday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

TV: TNT, Fox Sports Sun

Win Probability: According the FiveThirtyEight the Heat have an 36% chance to win.

Probable Starters

Houston: Chris Paul, James Harden, James Ennis, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela

Miami: Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Rockets: Nene Nilario (Day-to-Day)

Heat: Dion Waiters (Day-to-Day), Goran Dragic (Out)

What To Watch For

The Heat will now be without Goran Dragic for 2 months. With this in mind, does Spoelstra opt to fill the gap of point guard differently? Will Winslow, Wade or Tyler Johnson do the heavy handling? We’ve seen them without Dragic plenty lately, but now the Heat have to start thinking long term. The other issue that arrives will be who guards Chris Paul? Please don’t let Whiteside switch those screens!

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